Lou Doillon quotes

  • In a modern world where a majority of women say, 'I don't need you, I've got my money, I've got my stuff,' I say, 'I desperately need men.' My whole album is a tribute to men. It takes a man in me to tell you that I'm on my knees for men.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Men #I Don't Need You #Knees

  • I listen to a variety of music. The only common point is strong lyrics; I'm more obsessed with lyrics than music. I need to hear a form of truth, and if it's a hard truth, even better.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Strong #Variety Of Music #Needs

  • In England you laugh at yourselves, in France we laugh at others.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Laughing #France #England

  • I was kind of ashamed of my bourgeois family as a teenager, I guess - I had dreadlocks, shopped in thrift stores and pretended I had no money. At that time, I would have spat on a girl who was buying Yves Saint Laurent.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Girl #Teenager #Buying

  • I've always found that fashion is, first of all, mainly for yourself. So my two icons are, on one side, Little Edie from 'Grey Gardens' and, of course, like all my generation, I'm influenced by Kate Moss.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Fashion #Garden #Two

  • Home has always been wherever I am. I'm not very attached to walls - or people, for that matter - so I've always loved travelling around. A book in my back pocket, a diary, and a pen is all I need to call any place home.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Wall #Book #Home

  • Music came as the best thing for me at home, where no one can tell you anything. For years I was so closed, wanting to do it exactly like I had it in my head, because this would be the only place that was superpersonal.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Home #Years #Would Be

  • Luckily, I was raised by a kind of gypsy family, which is why I always get along better with people who worked in circuses than with kids of other actors. My mom was so carefree with us in a beautiful way. We were used to sleeping anywhere.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Beautiful #Mom #Sleep

  • I was raised by muses. Women who had men in awe of them and who wrote them movies and wrote them music.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Men #Muse #Awe

  • I was shocked when I looked at art schools in France. There's only one left that does anatomy. Now they do video. They do editing. I would go to film school if I wanted to do video and editing. In art school, it's only new mediums. It's three-dimensional or computer. I found that shocking. No nudes.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Art #School #Computer

  • It is impossible for me to get involved in films that I don't like, so I just wait for a project that really tickles my fancy.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Waiting #Fancy #Impossible

  • There's something I find highly embarrassing about it. As soon as I think I've written something smart, the next day I've got nausea, thinking, "Don't even try to be smart, it's absurd."
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Smart #Thinking #Next Day

  • I was always the funny-looking girl. I couldn't compete with the Brazilian girls. My nose is off, my ears are too big. But I think it's my personality that these designers were drawn to.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Girl #Thinking #Personality

  • I love acting; I love movie sets and movies, but, at the same time, there's something about the position of women in that world that frightens me a lot. I find it nearly inhuman to be an actress.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Movie Love #Acting #World

  • The whole point of art school is that you're going to be able to have nudes all day long and a teacher who is there to move you. It's great.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Teacher #Art #Moving

  • I think I was pretty much hated in France. The French press ignored me. There was a movement when the children of celebrities faced strong animosity.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Strong #Children #Thinking

  • My mother always spoke to me in English, so it's technically my maternal language, and it became a kind of private language - I was happy that I could speak in English to my mum and the majority of people wouldn't understand it.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Mother #People #Majority

  • I'm a very compulsive person, so I spend most of my time drawing or writing my diary, patching things up and carving bits of wood - I've carved two of my guitars.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Writing #Guitar #Two

  • I always have lipstick, and use the same lipstick for my cheeks as blush, so that it looks very natural. It's a good trick I learned from my mother. I like NYX or MAC because they have a lot of pigment and they're matte.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Mother #Looks #Use

  • Singing is the rawest thing. Having been naked in films or naked in photo shoots, it's nothing compared to singing. It's absolute nakedness. You are stripped bare!
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Singing #Naked #Film

  • I always lived with guitarists. When they would leave, I would just pick up their acoustic guitars and start doing finger picking and write.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Writing #Guitar #Acoustics

  • I like costumes. I am always dressing up - I'm very English like that.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Dressing Up #Costumes #Dressings

  • I was such a tomboy. I had absolutely no bosom, and I wore my hair really short - shaved, like a boy.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Boys #Hair #Really Short

  • I have a huge scarf from Hermes that I bought the day I signed my record deal. I had never had an Hermes scarf. And I ran to buy one, thinking, Now, this is a symbol, I need one, I need an Hermes scarf, which actually now Im quite embarrassed about. Most of the time I twist it so much that no one notices it, and just bundle it around me.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Thinking #Twists #Needs

  • It doesn't help that we are three generations of actresses, who are always obsessed with losing time. But on the other side, historically, women have much more time on their hands than before. It goes together-the more time we have, the more we're flipping out about how we've got to deal with it.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Losing #Helping #Obsessed

  • Singing is the rawest thing. Having been naked in films or naked in photo shoots, it's nothing compared to singing. It's absolute nakedness. You are stripped bare! It's very strange. Acting seems much easier, in fact, because you are putting on a costume - whereas here you are taking everything off.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Singing #Acting #Strange

  • It's true that the biggest value of life is that it's going to stop. I was thinking when I was in New York the last time that all that we see that has importance is man-made. It isn't nature-made. And when I was looking through the window, looking at New York, I was so moved by humanity's desire for immortality-because that's what it is.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Thinking #Desire #Window

  • Music, for the moment, has been this hidden thing for me. For the first time, I am master of something. I am not used by someone else, like in movies or pictures, where you always have the happiness or disappointment of knowing it's you seen through someone else's point of view. You go to see a film and half of the pretty scenes are not in it-the ones you liked. Living with this frustration all the time, suddenly music came as the best thing for me at home, where no one can tell you anything.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Disappointment #Home #Frustration

  • There's so many good books, but I'm always like, "I'm sorry, I have five more Faulkners to read, I can't be bothered." Most of the time when you try, you fall on the wrong one.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Sorry #Book #Fall

  • I'm horrified most of the time. I wish it was more complicated, but at the same time, each time I try to complicate it I hate it because I hate the idea of writing to impress.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Hate #Writing #Ideas

  • There is a thing where I get scared watching other people, and really realize, My God, their happy lives are going to stop. Sometimes you feel that people have 19 jokers in their back pocket and, because of the way they're living, you're like, Do you know that this is not going to happen over and over again forever?
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Happy Life #People #Forever

  • I wish I could be more serious about painting. I think there may be something going on there and I should pursue it. I'm very old-fashioned - even with the music. I realize, while I have so much respect for the kookiness of people who go for it, who paint with their eyes closed, I am superclassical.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Eye #Thinking #People

  • As soon as it's behind computers and machines, which the majority of the planet loves, I find it cold. I need to hear breathing. I like the idea of the mic being a captation of everything that's happening around.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Breathing #Ideas #Majority

  • Music always has to do with vibrations for me. I love to record everyone's heartbeats, in way. None of us beats at the same pace and a song is a magical moment where different entities, for a split second, meet up.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Song #Different #Pace

  • Yeah, you always have to be there and remind people of you. It's complicated when you do music, or when you do anything in general. You need time. I don't know if it's because of the weather or what, but [Canadians] seem to have a relationship to time that I like very much.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Weather #People #Needs

  • I hate short hair on men - the 'real' man is something I don't know. My dad was always playing with hairbands, making rings, while the women were wearing jeans, white T-shirts and Converse. That was the uniform at home.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Dad #Hate #Real

  • I'm in my father's car at age 9 or 10 crying to Leonard Cohen's 'Famous Blue Raincoat,' thinking that you could write nearly a love letter to a man who betrayed you by having an affair with your wife. I was thinking how wonderful and pure music can be for explaining situations.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Father #Writing #Men

  • I try to not listen to all the girls I admire musically - like Nina Simone - just so I don't find myself imitating them, even if it's subconsciously.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Girl #Trying #Nina

  • It took me so long to get to the music, where that was what I wanted to do all my life. It took me so long to realise that it wasn't really movies that I wanted to do, but to be on stage singing.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Long #Singing #Stage

  • The more you’re writing absolutely honestly, and absolutely bare of intention - even if it feels absolutely personal and small because it’s at your own scale - other people relate to it much more.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Writing #People #Intention

  • I have a strong and strange character, and I've rarely met directors who knew what to do with this character. One of the few who did was my father, and in the theatre, Arthur Nauzyciel.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Strong #Father #Character

  • The whole process of music for me is something absolutely honest and really naked and bare, so I never forced myself to write in French.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Writing #Naked #Honest

  • I'm a bit of a contrarian, so I like the idea of going on stage without makeup, without the hair being done, in the jeans and shirt I've been wearing all day. At first that was an issue, because I didn't want to be disrespectful.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Makeup #Hair #Jeans

  • I always loved singing, but I thought it was like drawing - just something you do in your own little corner to calm yourself down. But when my friend, the French songwriter Etienne Daho, listened to my songs, he was so moved that told me that I had to do a demo, share them with the world.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Song #Drawing #Singing

  • What I realized is that the desire for making 'Places' came from the fact that I've got this strange situation with having been born in the glitter, born on the other side of the mirror that everyone fantasizes about.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Mirrors #Desire #Sides

  • Acting seems much easier than singing, in fact, because you are putting on a costume - whereas here you are taking everything off.
    -- Lou Doillon

    #Singing #Acting #Costumes